awww, I wrote this whole superfriendly thing and it just disappered... now you'll just have to take my word that I'm nice before you consider helping me
Anyway, basicly, I'm going on my trip in march 2007 and I'll be going to:
Indonesia - Malaysia - Thailand - Cambodia - Japan (and then Tahiti and LA on my way home)
Other than the belly excamination and all that the purpose of my trip is to find my perfect beach so I'm looking to travel around the coastlines and islands as much as possible. I also like history, archaeology and architecture so I'd want to spend my time on that as well... And I love all animals, I'm really hyped up about seeing turtles and other reptiles (I live in Iceland, the only reptile I've ever seen is my own illeagal turtle :P )
I'm 23 and I'm trying to avoid the major kid friendly family places. I'd like to have some fun but I'm not looking for some wild partyplace either.. a quiet beach and a fire is more my thing
So based on that info, are there any places you would recommend to me? I'm browsing through the internet and it's all so much and many places to go I just get confused
Also I'm having a slight time planning confusion. I only have 3 - 4 months so I wonder should I spend a month in Indonesia and 2 weeks in Malaysia or vice versa etc. etc.
If anyone has any toughts on this it would be greatly appriciated.
Lotsa love, Unnur
I think many of us wish we had your problem; so many beaches to choose from and several months to decide which are worth the effort.
I am sure you are looking at Langkawi & the Perhentians while in Malaysia, also consider Tioman. White sand, clear water, jungle, waterfalls. In Thailand I am sure you are going to consider Koh Samui & Koh Phangan. Both are heavily touristed, so they may not make the cut. You should certainly consider the Krabi area. There are over 200 islands offshore to choose from. The bigger ones have websites; Koh Lanta, Koh Jum, Koh Phi Phi. Once in Krabi town, go into a travel shop and let them know you want some smaller islands to explore. You can day trip to Koh Kai, Koh Poda and probably have the place to yourself. So many options once in Krabi, it should be on your list.
In Cambodia, there is only one real choice, Sihanoukville. It has plenty of beaches to choose from, white sand, clear water, not expensive and usually not crowded. Avoid weekends and Cambodian holidays, then it can get crowded. There are a few offshore islands that maybe worth your time.
Unnur, others will chime in and then you will be even more confused!
I have a few photos of Krabi & Sihanoukville, that may help your decision. Good Luck.
gosh, you wanna do lots in little time. your trip sounds good though.
in thailand, i'd go for the krabi side, maybe take a trip up in the north, which is great- chiang mai provides some decent fun life- take a trip in the mountains, you know trekking and stuff or hire a motorbike and discover the country at your own pace.
in cambodia i'd recommend phnom penh- at least for a couple of days. i doesn't actually have anything "special" but it's just that (not-so-commercialised) soth east asian capital, besides there's a nice little lake that makes for a good sunset. also go to angkor. i know it's cramped with tourists but it just IS great. and as it goes for almost evereywhere, you can just do your own thing- if you're into monumental old buildings it's definitely a place to go.
in japan, visit koya san, kyoto and nara- all very nice and old cities with a lot of history- kyoto is pretty huge though.
koya san is that old quiet place up in the mountains with a stunning view, an old traditional cemetery- you'll just love it, and it's not as crowded as the others.
maybe decider spending some time in kyushu- you rarely see any western people and the landscape is just amazing.
maybe think about hitting kagoshima, at the most sothern tip of kyushu- which is built around a bay with a vulcanoisland in the middle.
i went to peace memorial park in hiroshima and nagasaki, which is moving and at the same time beautiful.
well, you see there's just plenty of things to see- the decisions you'll just have to make yourself.
For beaches, then Japan is not the best... unless you go to Okinawa. Okinawa is an amazing place... it was once an entirely seperate country from Japan... the beaches on the smaller islands are fantastic and they have star shaped sand. The locals are beautiful people... not typical Japanese... more laid-back, but you will find it much more expensive than other areas in Asia like Thailand and Vietnam. Japan is one of the most expensive countries to travel in.
Malaysia's beaches - highly recommended are
Tioman, Redang, Perhentian, Kapas (all in the
east coast of malaysia, the last three you can
actually do an island-hopping). Very nice, crystal
clear, great for snorkelling and diving too. March
will be a great time to go east coast as the monsoon
ends in february.
Can have a pass on Langkawi as the sea gets dirtier now.
Thanks so much you guys, this helps me allot
Well, for beach lovers, my recommendation is to stick to the Coast Line of Terengganu, it's a state where Perhentian Island and other nice islands are located, moreover, Leatherback Turtles go to the Terengganu shore to lay eggs. So u can have ur island travel and turtle seeing there. Em, if you have love diving, I would recommend Sipadan Island in Sabah. Take a trip there, even if u do not have a diving license, u can take it there. Don't worry on the safety, there is no kidnap stuff anymore. But what you can find there is probably one of the best experience you'll have. If you just wanna lay back, quitely, the there's another island that you can visit, the Tiga Island in Sabah, also named Survivor Island as the 1st Survisor series are shot there. It's not that nasty actually, there's a challet where you can stay there. You can even run around naked. For nice beaches, you can consider, Cherating Beach, in Terengganu. In Cherating, there are alot of nice hotels, but the best one is ClubMed.
For the heritage thing, well, you can travel to Melaka (Malacca), where you can find buildings under influence of British Colonial, Dutch and Portugese. The other states that most traveller would go is Penang, what you see here is similar to Melaka, but Penang is more advanced, as it's the 2nd most populated city in Malaysia. But if you really appreciate heritage and culture, you can travel to Sarawak, for the Longhouses experience (the native house), and Kelantan, the center of Malay Culture. for more of those category, maybe -snip- is useful to you.
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